Monthly Archives: October 2005

Why I Hate Halloween….Sorry Ray Hanania

Hugo Chavez, Pat Robertson, Islamic scholars, Jewish authorities andothers from a wide-range of political and religious thought all have one thingin common; they dislike Halloween. Sunni Sister in her blog highlighted this issue in a piece yesterday when she responded … Continue reading

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The Execution of Marlin Gray and Thoughts on the Death Penalty

I have problems with the pro-death penalty and the anti-death penalty crowds. Those who support the death penalty as a deterrent to crime tend to not want to admit that the system can be wrong at times and has executed … Continue reading

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Iftar on Campus…Ushpizin

I fell ill with my asthma in VA and had a lot to do so I have had a delay in my postings. It was nice to see so many brothers I hadn’t seen in so long and I also … Continue reading

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The Role of Islamic Activism in America

Islamic activism is nothing new in America. Since the 1950’s activists from the Muslim World began moving to the US. During the 1990’s a well-organized Muslim activist structure was formed and American-Muslims for the first time began to have a … Continue reading

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Blog of the Week and Our Masjid in the News

Jihad of Umar has been selected by the Riverfront Times, the local St. Louis alternative weekly (equivalent to the Village Voice or City Paper in STL) as the blog of the week. Below is the story of some of the … Continue reading

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Getting on the Slimdog, ACC, and Indie Book Stores

Man I have caught the Greyhound at least a hundred times. Everything that can possibly happen on the Greyhound has happened to me and I have seen it all. For those of you unfamiliar with the Greyhound, which I have … Continue reading

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Different Kinds of Iftar at Different Masjids

I have made iftar at many different Masjids over the years in many different cities. The crowds that you see at the various Masjids differs depending on what kind of a Masjid you are at. For sake of simplicity I … Continue reading

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Who Needs to Catch a Cab….and Who Doesn’t

There are a lot of people who need to catch cabs. If you have been clubbing and drinking, if you have to go to the city and haven’t mastered urban driving or you cannot parallel park, if you can no … Continue reading

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Weed and Oral Sex in Islam and an Old School Bus Driver

A lot of American Muslim brothers and sisters who didn’t grow-up Muslims ( and some who did) had a habit in the jahiliya or during their un-Islamic periods; they liked to smoke weed, get blazed, or however you want to … Continue reading

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The Saddam Trial Begins

What a farce. Are we supposed to actually take this trial seriously? Why didn’t Saddam do like his sons and grandsons did who fought to the death in their battle with the American occupation forces and spare us from the … Continue reading

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Educated Muslim Women and the Hypocrisy of Many Muslim Men

I was at the Masjid last night breaking my fast and enjoyed a very good Somali meal of fish, rice, potatoes, vegetables and the injira bread. After we ate several of us sat around and chatted for a while as … Continue reading

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My Family: “As Far as Our Old Man Got” and The Death of the American Dream

Do you remember the old Billy Joel song where he said “everyone could hope to make it as far as his old man got.” That is how most Americans have historically grown-up believing that each generation would do better than … Continue reading

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Muslim Culture and My Evolution

During my time in the Muslim blogosphere, which has been brief, I have encountered Muslims like I have never spent time with before. Phrases such as wanting to be a “super Muslim” replace phrases such as “masha’Allah that brother is … Continue reading

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Dope Dealer and Bar Owner Comparison, Ho Sitings and More

If you are convicted under today’s laws of selling even a minor amount of crack to someone you will likely end up in prison. If your charge is a federal charge, or you are somehow tied to anyone being prosecuted … Continue reading

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Muslim Observer Disgraces Itself

This is a copy of my email to the Muslim Observer in response to their front page story on Barbara Olson in the October 13th editon. Here is my response to your disgraceful article on Barbara Olson. It is a … Continue reading

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